Loula has had enough of her terrible triplet brothers and decides to run away to Africa. Luckily, her mother's chauffeur, Gilbert, knows just how to get there. Together, Loula and Gilbert ride camels, cross a desert and, most important, use heaps of imagination in this heartwarming adventure (Ages 4 to 7)
Stories with magic inspire us to believe in hope and dreams. How will anyone recognize 'real life' miracles if they have not learned about magic from stories? Our Story Magic is a collection of enchanting and compelling African folklore tales written for children, with illustrations by artists from KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Read and share these stories with the love that went into the writing of them. Some of the magical titles in this collection include: Sun and the Moon, Queen of the Tortoises, Moonlight Magic, Dad Is Eating Ashes, The Singing Dog, Jojela s Wooden Spoon, and Sunset Colors. (Ages 9-12)
Set in Africa, this is a story that takes us through a day in the life of a child. Larondo is eight years old and he likes to play outside. But sometimes he gets in his mother's way. With so much to do, Larondo's mother asks him to go fetch the 'arodan' from one of the neighbors. The story follows Larondo around the village as he goes looking for the 'arodan'.
Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can--even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations. In "Akimbo and the Lions," Akimbo helps his father set a trap for a lioness that has been attacking cattle on nearby farms. But when the lion they catch turns out to be a cub, Akimbo must find a way to care for the young lion until it's old enough to be released in the wild.
Eight tales from Africa, beautifully illustrated with hand-sewn embroidered artwork decorated with African beads on a silk base. The tales are from Ghana, Senegal, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Sudan, Swaziland and Ethiopia. Each tale is prefaced by a short introduction to the country. Illustrated by Rachel Griffin (Ages 9-12)
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and a Nobel Laureate for Peace, has selected these thirty-two tales with the specific hope that Africa's oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, be perpetuated by future generations and be appreciated by children throughout the world. In these "beloved stories, morsels rich with the gritty essence of Africa," we meet, among many others, a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads and a trickster from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena and learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Several creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can--and often does--win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are "universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical."What is particularly exciting about this book is that many of the stories, in their oral form, are almost as old as Africa itself. Most of them were, in fact, first told in various African tongues around evening fires in centuries past--tales from, for example, the San and the Khoi, the original hunter-gatherers and livestock herders of Southern Africa. Translated into English and other European languages chiefly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from their original languages--be they Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, or one of many others--these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth. Accompanied by dozens of enchanting, specially commissioned color paintings, Favorite African Folktales--culled from African countries as far-flung as Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya--presents a fountain of precious knowledge that will be treasured by children, as well as adults, for years to come.
The author ranks as one of the foremost living traditional African storytellers - as recognised by the acclaim of his first book, The Palmvine Drinkard. This book includes seven folktales especially for young adults, but of universal appeal. Beautiful black and white ink drawings illustrate the tales whose cast of characters include humans, a goddess, an elephant woman, a boa constrictor and a shell-man.